Still Life with Apples and Vase of Flowers

Meijer Isaac de Haan (Dutch, 1852-1895)

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In spring 1889 the Dutch artist de Haan began an 18-month stay in the villages of Pont-Aven and Le Pouldu. With Gauguin as friend and mentor, he abandoned his academic approach in favor of Pont-Aven School ideals.

Though de Haan's Pont Aven works are rare, they indicate that fruit and floral still-lifes were among his favorite subjects. This composition, with its boldly outlined fruit, curving silhouette of flowers, and lavishly brushed background, reflects his growing interest in the relationship of shapes and surface pattern. Emphasis on the edges and positions of the fruit also reveals his respect for the still-lifes of Paul Cézanne.

Marie Henry, Le Pouldu; by descent to her daughter, Ida Cochannec, Rosporden; Hotel Drouot, Paris, in 1959{1}; Samuel Josefowitz, Lausanne, in 1959; to his son Paul Josefowitz; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2001.

{1}Hotel Drouot, Paris, Trés belles estampes pastels, gouaches, acquarelles, dessins tableaux, 16 March 1959, lot 166*. (Items marked with * indicate they "proviennent de l'auberge tenue part Marie Pouldu".) Correspondence with Samuel Josefowitz, dated November 2001, indicates he purchased the painting at this sale, see IMA Historical File (2001.349).

Object Information

Meijer Isaac de Haan (Dutch, 1852-1895)
creation date
about 1890
oil on canvas
14 x 11-3/8 in. (canvas)
20-1/4 x 18 x 2-1/2 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
signed, L.L.: MH
accession number
credit line
Gift of Paul Josefowitz in honor of Eli Lilly and Company and Dr. Homer L. Pearce
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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